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                                                                                                                                         Welcome Switzer Family Project


                                                                                                                                          Project Administrator: Paul Pettit

                                                                                                                                           cpettit (at) telis (dot) net (no spaces)



This webpage was started up on Feb 24, 2009.

We will be working on it and adding information on lineage testing and the scope of the project. Please check back soon. We have posted the modal haplotypes of a number of testing individuals. We will be augment this with more Switzer DNA results. If you are interested in DNA testing make sure to contact me so that I can advise you of the right tests for your particular goals and personal needs. We respect confidentiality and allow testing for those who do want to see their results first or consider family needs.

This Project's website is now hosted at

Surname DNA testing is the newest tool for genealogists!

  1. DNA tests allow genealogists to verify son's father's...son's mother's ... and daughter's mother's ancestry.
  2. Surname DNA information is very powerful when combined with CORRECT traditional paper trails.


The following Surnames are currently included in this project:

We use Switzer as the encompassing representation and in order not to continually make reference to Schweitzer, Swisher, Sweitzer, etc. It seems to be middle of the road in terms of historical and native language variations of the same surname. The S is many times handwritten in such a form in old documents to be misread by record abstracters and indexes a, we include it for those who look for such a unusual reference to an ancestor.

Lewisher, Lewitzer, Schvisher, Schweiger, Schweitzer, Schweitzler, Schweizer, Schwitser, Shveiser, Shveitser, Shveitzer, Shveizer, Shwisher, Shwitzer, Shwizer, St. Cyr, Sveitzer, Svejcar, Svejcarova, Svitzer, Sweigert, Sweitzer, Swiffer, Swiger, Swipser, Swisher, Swisser, Switcher, Switser, Switzer, Switzler, Swizer

The Switzer DNA Project is open to all Switzer families, of all spelling variations, and from all locations.
(If your surname is not included please contact the Project Administrator.)


This Switzer Family Project was started to:

1. Help researchers from common or related families work together to find their shared heritage.

2. Identify how the participant's families are connected, both genetically and through paper trails.

3. Identify and confirm genetic Lineages of ancestral families.

4. Ultimately catalog pedigrees and genetic connections of all the known project families.


Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  1. The participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to his earliest known ancestor.
  2. The participant's "deep" ancestry (Haplogroup), which identifies the ancestor's prehistoric origins.
  3. Stimulation to family research and renewed sharing of information
  4. A wider sense of identity and relationship, as we begin to realize how much we are a World Family.
  5. A chance to compare your genetic ancestry with those of your Surname and the spelling variations
  6. Your genetic matches who do not share your common surname
  7. The knowledge to understand our ancestors better - particularly where the records have been lost


 Click here to order a DNA test in the Switzer project.                                                                                                            Rev Jan2017



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